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Senior Specialist Speech & Language Therapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bognor Regis
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
As senior specialist speech and language therapist in this role, you will use your clinical insight and experience to support people with the most complex needs to live well with their learning disability. You will provide specialist communication and dysphagia assessments and interventions for people referred to the service as well as engaging with the core tasks of the team.

Main duties of the job

Contributing to the management of a team caseload of individuals with complex needs, you will assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered in a variety of community settings. The team encourages multi-disciplinary working wherever possible and you will convene, facilitate and contribute to multidisciplinary meetings to develop a holistic understanding of the person and their needs.

You will supervise more junior therapists within the team and have leadership opportunity and responsibility within a West Sussex LD SLT leads team in the management of LD SLT services across the county.

You will be supervised by the Professional Lead Speech and Language Therapist

About us

As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

You can expect:
  • Excellent supervision programmes.
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • Generous holiday entitlement
  • Excellent NHS Pension Scheme

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • This role sits within the multidisciplinary Community Learning Disability Team. The post holder will need a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience and a recognised post basic qualification in dysphagia. They will provide a specialist Speech and Language Therapist service for individuals with learning disabilities who have complex communication difficulties and/or dysphagia.
  • The clinical role will be to provide Speech & Language Therapy assessment, diagnosis and intervention to Adults with a Learning Disability and their carers referred to the service, using established models of Speech & Language Therapy, ensuring practice is evidence based. This will be in partnership with clients carers and multi-disciplinary Team members. The post holder will provide a specialist Speech and Language Therapy Service to adults with learning disabilities, who have complex communication difficulties and/or dysphagia and their carers.
  • To provide a highly specialist Speech and Language Therapy service to people with learning disabilities , who have complex communication disorders and /or dysphagia (eating, drinking and swallowing disorders).
  • To provide highly specialist supervision to other Speech and Language Therapists or Speech and Language Therapy Assistants within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as necessary.
  • Work in collaboration with multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • Liaise and consult with other Speech and Language Therapists and/or other professions within mainstream primary and secondary provider services.
  • Take on a supervisory role with other SALTS as part of the Teams role in building capacity of others working with people who have complex communication needs and/or dysphagia

  • Person Specification



    • Recognised Speech & Language Therapy Degree or Masters Qualification or equivalent
    • Health Professions Council - license to practice
    • Registered member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
    • Evidence of completion of specialist courses related to adults with a learning disability
    • Post basic qualification in dysphagia RCSLT accredited



    • Extensive post graduate experience as a Speech & Language Therapist working in adult learning disabilities
    • Experience of training other professionals
    • Awareness of the wider context of the NHS within specialist clinical field.
    • Knowledge of assessment tools relevant to the client group.
    • Knowledge of a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions (relevant to client group).
    • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance / audit
    • Knowledge of record keeping standards
    • Ability to adapt written and verbal communication to suit the needs of people with communication and learning disabilities. This may include Makaton signing, symbols and pictures etc

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


    Durban House

    Durban Road

    Bognor Regis

    PO22 9RE

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